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Expedition to the Pole of Cold

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Russia  
Specialty Categories: Multi-activity   Sightseeing  
Season: November - March
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5700 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5700 US Dollar (USD)

Recommended season: from November to March, the time when you can feel the real cold!

The Northern Pole of Cold is considered to be situated in Oymiacon settlement, to be more precise in the settlement’s airport that stays 40 km from Oymiacon and 4 km from Tomtor village. The official measurements started in Oymiacon airport in the late 1920-s. The coldest unofficial records were registered in 1923 (-720C) and in 1916 (-820C).

The official records fixed the lowest temperature at -67.70C in 1933. There is another very cold place in Yakutia that disputes the Pole of Cold title with Oymiacon, and that is Verkhoyansk, where the official measurements began in the 19-th century and the official lowest temperature was -67.80C in 1892. But Verkhoyansk is second to Oymiacon in the average annual temperatures.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Moscow. Meeting at the airport, accommodation in a hotel (3*+). At your request we can show you the best Moscow’s places of interest (The Tretyakov gallery, The Pushkin museum, St.Basil’s cathedral, The Museums of Moscow Kremlin, and many others, we take into consideration your wishes and time). Treat you in Moscow restaurants.

Day 2: A flight to Yakutsk. It’s a 6-7-hour flight. The flight might have a short stop in Novosibirsk (for some people who don’t like long flies it’s easier to fly with a stop).

Day 3: We meet you early in the morning at Yakutsk airport. You have rest in a hotel (3*+), then we can show you the local sights: mammoths, diamonds and permafrost in city’s museums (optional). Lunch. Then we go 430 km to Khandyga. Depending on the season it might be a car trip by Kolyma road or a flight. A car trip takes from 6 hours in winter to 12 hours in summer because of the two big rivers we have to cross in a ferry: Lena and Aldan.

On the way we visit historical and ethnic Yakut museums (optional). In summer the road is very picturesque. (In winter it’s very dark and nothing is seen out of a car’s window). A flight takes only 1hour 20 min or less depending on the type of a plane. Arrival to Khandyga – the administrative center of Tomponsky region, Accommodation in a bed & meals hotel. Supper.

Day 4: Early breakfast, then we go 500 km from Khandyga to Oymiacon, or, to be more precise, to Tomtor. Our route goes over the summits of Verkhoyansk Range by Kolyma road – the infamous “road of bones”, built by GULAG prisoners in 1930-s – 1950-s. A stop at Shaman brook (non-freezing underground spring with potable water 130 km from Khandyga). Late arrival to Tomtor. Accommodation in a hotel (B&B, private house), 3 persons in a room. Supper. The conveniences are outside (there’s no canalization in the village). This is real extreme!

Day 5: Breakfast, excursion to Oymiakon, alhyys ritual (feeding the spirit of fire on special occasions), short folklore program, lunch.
Horse farm excursion. First-hand view of the life of the horse-breeders and Yakut horse habitat. Sauna. Dinner. Night at the same hotel.

Day 6: Breakfast, trip to ice fishing and snowmobile riding. Lunch and dinner. Night stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Breakfast. Early departure for Khandyga. Visiting the Yuchugay village (100 km from Oymiakon) – the place where the deer-breeders live. First-hand view of their life and culture. Deer-sleigh driving first in a pack, then in separate two-deer sleighs. Lunch (national cuisine). Return to Khandyga. Supper. Night in a hotel (WC and all modern conveniences at last!).

Day 8: Trip back to Yakutsk. If a plane schedule coincides with our itinerary, you can go from Khandyga to Yakutsk by plane. Another way to get to Yakutsk is by Aldan and Lena rivers (only in summer) by a hydrofoil (but its schedule is very irregular). A flight to Moscow, transfer to your home flight.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes (the round trip cost from Moscow to Moscow):
- All transportation
- Food
- Accommodation
- Guides
- Enterpreters, etc.

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